Film Design Awards Finalists Screening at SXSW Next Week

In his recent post on Wide Screen, the Yahoo movies blog, Will Perkins wonders where the Oscars for Best Title Sequence were at the recent ceremony. Indeed, although this area of filmmaking is already recognised at the Emmies with the Emmy Award For Outstanding Main Title Design, it still is overlooked at most other award shows for the film industry. Fortunately Ian Albinson, founder and editor-in-chief of the influential Art of the Title website, and a principal of the motion design studio Albinson Design, is again hosting the unofficial Oscars for Film Title Design next week, on March 11 at SXSW 2013.

Now entering its 4th year, the SXSW Film Design Awards recognise Excellence in Poster Design and in Title Design. I had the pleasure to attend last year’s screening of the finalists and highly recommend it even if you only have a passing interest in film title design. This year’s presentation of the best title sequences of 2012 will open with an informative conversation between award-winning main titles designer and broadcast editor Jay Bond and host Ian Albinson. Bond is co-founder of Oily Film Company Inc. who were responsible for 2012 Film Design Award-winner Les Bleus de Ramville. And if you can’t make it to SXSW, you can watch all the finalists in the gallery on Vimeo by clicking the images in the list below.


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21 Jump Street
Director | Phil Lord, Chris Miller

Designer/Agency | Brian Mah, Kris Fortin, Juan Monasterio, John Kim, Dan Meehan, Will Goodan & Greg Herman, Imaginary Forces


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The Avengers
Director | Joss Whedon

Designer/Agency | Steve Viola, Method Design
Main typeface | Bank Gothic


“Chasing Shakespeare” Opening Titles from Lucky Post on Vimeo.

Chasing Shakespeare
Director | Norry Niven

Designer/Agency | Sai Selvarajan & Marc Chartrand, Lucky-Post
Main typeface | Baskerville


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Crave
Director | Charles de Lauzirika
Designer/Agency | Raleigh Stewart

Main typeface | FF DIN Condensed


Elementary from Simon Clowes on Vimeo.

Elementary
Director | Various

Designer/Agency | Simon Clowes, Prologue Films

Main typeface | Square Slabserif 711


Hard Rock Medical – Main Titles Sequence from Jay Bond on Vimeo.

Hard Rock Medical
Director | Derek Diorio

Designer/Agency | Jay Bond, Oily Film Company

Main typeface | Alternate Gothic


Editorial Bruguera Documentary Opening Title Sequence. from No-Domain on Vimeo.

Histories de Bruguera
Director | Carles Prats

Designer/Agency | No-Domain
Main typefaces | Acropolis (The Proteus Project), Letter Gothic


Joven & Alocada / End Credits from SMOG.tv on Vimeo.
WARNING | Contains brief flashes of stylised sexually explicit imagery

Joven & Alocada
Director | Marialy Rivas

Designer/Agency | Pablo Gonzalez, SMOG

Main typefaces | Courier, Didot


The Late Men – title sequence from The Executive Branch on Vimeo.

The Late Men
Director | Van Poynton

Designer/Agency | Van Poynton, The Executive Branch

Main typeface | Alternate Gothic


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Man on a Ledge
Director | Asger Leth

Designer/Agency | PIC
Main typeface | Impact, distressed


“The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernández” Opening Titles from Darren Brandl on Vimeo.

The Man Who Shook The Hand of Vicente Fernandez
Director | Elia Petridis

Designer/Agency | Craig Denham, Curiosity Shoppe
Typefaces | URW Giorgio, Abilene, Thunderbird, Latin, De Louisville, PL Davison Americana, and several other Wild West-inspired designs
Supporting typeface | Boton


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Paranorman
Director | Chris Butler, Sam Fell

Designer/Agency | Aaron Sorenson, LAIKA/house, LAIKA/house
Typefaces | Block, and other monster movie-inspired designs similar to Agent of the Uncanny, Destination Unknown, Monster Mash etc.


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Red Lights
Director | Rodrigo Cortes

Designer/Agency | Jorge Calvo, Chelsea22

Main typeface | Futura


Sasquatch Line-up Video from WINTR on Vimeo.

Sasquatch! Festival 2012
Designer/Agency | WINTR
Main typeface | Heroic Condensed


SILENT HILL 2 – END TITLE from ChezEddy on Vimeo.

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Director | Michael J. Bassett

Designer/Agency | Kook Ewo, The French Title

Main typeface | FF DIN Condensed


Sinister / Main Titles / Becker Design from Aaron Becker on Vimeo.

Sinister
Director | Scott Derrickson

Designer/Agency | Aaron Becker, Becker Design

Main typeface | hand lettering

James Bond 007: Skyfall
Director | Sam Mendes

Designer/Agency | Daniel Kleinman, Rattling Stick, Framestore

Main typeface | Century Gothic
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Smashing Titles from No-Domain on Vimeo.

Smashing Conference
Designer/Agency | No-Domain

Typefaces | Helvetica, Bryant 2, Century Gothic, FF Flightcase, Garamond, ITC Avant Garde Gothic, and others


Weeds Show Opener from IdeaRocket on Vimeo.

Weeds
Various directors

Designer/Agency | Robert Kopecky, IdeaRocket
Main typeface | comic book lettering

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